Recipe – Veggie Chicken Stir Fry

I am a college student. I love to eat healthy, I love to eat cheaply, and I am currently gluten and dairy free. This is very restricting, but I manage. In fact, the restriction is like a challenge, and certainly makes shopping less overwhelming.

I’ll share one of my favorite recipes with you!IMG_1285

Basic Veggie Chicken Stir Fry

Ingredients: (Add these in the amount you wish – these are just suggested amounts)

Frozen Assorted Veggies – 1 cup

Chicken – 8 oz

Butter or ghee (ghee really makes this delicious) -1 to 2 tbsp

Salt and pepper to taste

Optional – 1/2 slice of bacon

Optional – Cashews

 

Directions:

Heat a frying pan on the stove on medium, melting the ghee/butter. Add the veggies, chicken, and bacon. Sprinkle salt and pepper. The chicken tends to cook slower, especially if it is not cut up, so keep it in the middle (the hottest part) of the pan. To speed up cooking, I like to put a lid over the pan to keep the heat inside. Stir occasionally. Keep checking on the chicken for doneness, making sure to cut open the thickest bit. Everything should cook in 5-10 min.

When everything is fully cooked, serve directly into a bowl or plate. (Optional – crush a few cashews onto the dish).

Enjoy immediately! Yum!

 

Until next time ~

 

Eating Right

When you think of the phrase “eating right”, I’d bet you have the concept of healthy foods pop into your head, complete with a cornucopia of rainbow veggies, fresh fruits, and whatever else you consider healthy.

For me, this phrase has a completely different meaning.

I try to be an honest person…and this issue has been weighing on me for a long time…and because this blog is based on food and nutrition, I feel I need to be honest here.

I struggle with eating.
More specifically, I would classify myself as a compulsive overeater.

I’m going to start from the beginning…

I grew up with two older brothers, who ate voraciously. In order to get what you wanted at the dinner table, you had to eat fast.
Eating quickly became a habit.
I always loved food growing up, especially my mom’s cooking. I loved to eat, and did so freely.
In 7th grade, I began to use food as a tool of power to control things. I was homeschooled that year, and after lunch I delayed going back to learning by eating more food. As long as I was “hungry” and eating, I could delay class (I did not like homeschooling).
I gained weight, of course.
But even more problematic was the developed habit of eating beyond satiation.
The next year I became suddenly aware of my problem – my mother called my “bulging gut” to attention. She seemed shocked and distraught, and I was embarrassed, ashamed, and highly defensive. I did not like that feeling.
She enrolled me in a highly intensive “boot camp”, which met once a week and was the bane of my existence. I’d always hated exercise, but this was exercise plus shame.
I did not like my mother’s efforts to try and “help me”.
At times, eating more was a sort of revenge.
Freshman year was awkward, fraught with low self-esteem and lack of confidence. I became more aware of my body. I didn’t like it.
The next summer, I cut down on food. I lost 10 pounds. Everyone commented on how good I looked when school started. Boys started talking to me. My mother said nothing.
I was glad for my weight loss, but I wanted to lose more. So I restricted my eating…which was more of an effort during the school year.

Yes, I counted calories…yes, I restricted myself unhealthily. I didn’t realize it at the time, but it was starting to become an obsession – calories, calories, calories. I knew the calories in everything.

My course load was much more stressful that year, as I started to take AP classes. I got less sleep. I never lost any weight, but I gained a few pounds back. This I attribute to the lack of sleep and the eating regime I developed after school. During school, I could control myself, because what I brought was all I could eat.
After school, fatigue, exhaustion, and stress kicked in, and food became a comfort. I ate after school when I got home, and again at dinner. I wasn’t really hungry at dinner, but it was a family obligation and how could I resist more food, more comfort? I ate when I wasn’t hungry. I ate to discomfort, and hated myself afterwords.

It was the beginning of my binge behavior. My body was fighting the restrictive diet.

I continued to restrict myself, but didn’t really lose weight again until the summer after junior year. That was my lowest weight, and I loved it…but I always wanted to lose more. I wanted to look at myself in the mirror and see a perfectly flat stomach.

I gained a little weight senior year, but the summer after I didn’t lose much. Not back to my lowest…

College was a completely different ball game. First semester, I think I stayed pretty consistent with my weight. I remember looking at myself, and finally accepting my weight. It was a point in my life where I was finally content with my body…but it didn’t last.

Second semester, I gained weight…largely as a result of stress-eating. I gained weight this summer as well…poor sleep, late hours at work, and the stress of a promotion all contributed – but the main issue is that overeating continues to be a problem for me. I stopped meditating, practicing yoga, and doing morning workouts. I stopped caring for myself the way I did during school. I got a bit depressed…making it all a vicious cycle.

So that’s why I’m here to tell you that eating right is not just about what food is healthy blah blah blah, cause that’s only half the battle.

There comes a point where you have to recognize that the physiological and psychological aspects of you interact with each other.

The body effects the mind, and the mind effects the body.

I am choosing to be honest with you right now.
I will come right out and say – I am a tangled mess.

I struggle with overeating every day. It’s like a drug, an addiction, and I need my fix…I’ve tried many things to try and control myself, but many times they backfire, making things worse…

So what now? I don’t know. Every day I hope for a magic moment to come, where I can eat to satiation and have no overwhelming desire to eat more.

I don’t need to change my food.
I need to change the way I think about food…

Until next time ~

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I Work at a Movie Theater

ImageWell folks, I wrote a post about working at a movie theater, but WordPress kindly deleted it. Thanks.

To sum it up, don’t eat the crap from movie theaters. We put trans-fats on your popcorn. It’s not butter. It’s partially hydrogenated soybean oil. Also, there are artificial sweeteners in the seasoning. Acesulfame K. And there are dyes in it.

Don’t go for the larger sizes. You will eat way too much, even if you don’t mean to. We will try to sell them to you. Don’t buy it. Don’t buy anything, actually. Use that money and go buy something nice for yourself. And actually watch the movie, without having to go for refills, or to pick out the kernels from your popcorn. Corn is actually not that great for your gut, or digestion. Please seek elsewhere for your fiber.

If you are curious about anything else, please ask! 🙂

Image: http://coachwithlisa.com/if-you-like-to-snack-at-the-movies-beware/

“Let Thy Food Be Thy Medicine…”

…and thy medicine be thy food.” – Hippocrates

ImageWow, it just amazes me how much wisdom Hippocrates had, unblinded by the progression of modern medicine.

What do I mean by this?

First off, it has been replicated over and over that food is a powerful force that works much like a drug. This concept is used largely the holistic medicine, functional medicine, and nutrition therapy movement (though holistic medicine does employ things such as extracts, etc. from things we would not eat, but that are still natural eg. ox gall can be used for digestive issues, and functional medicine may include physical activities as well).

Food can be used to treat diseases by powering your body’s natural healing system. In other words, it’s not so much the food that is doing the healing, but its partnership with your body to overcome incredible diseases.

Example? Dr. Terry Wahls. (Her website here: http://terrywahls.com/) She reversed much of the damage caused by her diagnosed MS (multiple sclerosis) using a healing diet as one of her cornerstone principles. You may be thinking that this is impossible. No. It’s not. Food is a powerful force.

Nutrition therapy has been proven highly effective, and though there has been a lack of funding for studies to prove this almost unbelievable benefit (cough – drug companies – cough). I think it’s only a matter of time before these truly amazing benefits reach the surface. Studies are most likely being done as I write this to prove the power of food to heal.

I look forward to this very much.

So why have we not realized this before? I believe we have chosen this path to unhealthy living and eating (and by we, I mean the large drug and food companies).

 

I feel as if I may delve deeper into this in a later post, but the basic concept is that drug companies make money off of unhealthy people. A lot of people are unhealthy. There are large drug companies with lots of money and power to influence what scientific studies are funded (ones that make drugs look good).

Food companies are also large. They make money off of people who are addicted to their food, and buy, buy, buy. The more unhealthy they are, (usually) the more they buy, to fuel themselves for both emotional and physical reasons. Why would the food companies ever want to help people get healthy? Healthy people don’t buy junk food in the amounts that unhealthy people do.

So it can be inferred that the food and drug industry has a high interest in you being unhealthy.

Uh-oh. This is a problem, isn’t it? Or does it sound too farfetched to you? Feel free to leave comments.

 

Getting back to the original point, food has been long ignored as a powerful tool to heal us. Instead it has been made into many other things. Food has been made to be simply calories, emotional support, “fun”, eye candy, social fodder, a commodity…I could go on and on, and I will probably make posts about each of these things (if you’re interested in one in particular, let me know, and I will elaborate).

Food is not just for sustaining life. It is there for you to THRIVE. Eating the right diet will make you healthy, and happy.

Don’t underestimate the power of food. Even Hippocrates knew this.

 

Image: “Bust of Hippocrates” http://www.clintmay.com/bust-of-hippocrates/

Building a Better, Paleo, Gluten-Free Chicken Nugget

Wow, this looks like a great recipe!

The Domestic Man

Gluten-Free, Paleo, Perfect Health Diet

I have always been proud of my Paleo “Chick-fil-A” nugget recipe from a couple years back, and it has definitely been a hit with readers. If fact, I’m sure a few of you stumbled upon my little blog because of them. But to be honest, I’ve never been satisfied with the texture of the nuggets themselves; while they are very similar to the thin coating that you’ll find at Chick-fil-A, I personally prefer a spongier breading around my chicken nuggets. So while experimenting with breading techniques for a different recipe (I’ll post the results of that one on Thursday), I happened upon my eureka moment – something I like to call “reverse battering.”

You see, I’ve always been taught to bread meats using a liquid-then-flour (or flour-liquid-flour/breading) method. Sounds logical, right? It’d be just crazy to not put flour or breading on nuggets before frying them. But after some YouTube…

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Celery root

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Despite my misgivings, I tried the ugly, knobby celery root.
Let me tell you, I was pleasantly surprised!
I made noodles with it, and tossed it with olive oil and seasoning (inspiration here).
What a great idea, especially as a substitute for those who are gluten free! It’s a vegetable, packed with nutrients, yet it is quite versatile.
As I write this, I have some cut into chips, crisping in the oven. Yum!

Short post, but here’s the takeaway: don’t be afraid to try something you have never tried before…that produce section of the grocery store has all sorts of things you always overlook!

Mix it up; learn how to cook something new!
Always be looking for improvement and variety; spicing up your life will just make you feel happier in general.

Image: http://culinaryherbcenter.ger-nis.com/2013/01/27/a-family-affair-seasonal-soda-snack-work-shop-contest/

Everyone is Different

Everyone is different. This means that if one way of eating works for someone, it might now work for you. Reversely, your diet may not be completely optimal for someone else.

It is important to understand this concept as nutrition science moves forward. People are different, and complex.

Oftentimes diets are overly glorified because they work wonderfully for a specific individual, or several individuals. But they can be equally ridiculed when they don’t work for some.

This is why it’s critical to keep in mind the variance in human metabolism, biochemistry, and lifestyle.

Everything that works for me may not work for you.
Everything that works for you may not work for me.

Experimentation with your own nutrition and lifestyle is imperative if you want to find the nirvana of health. Don’t just take people’s word for it. Change your lifestyle, if you feel like things can be improved. Try new things.

Nutrition science, despite its universal influence, is still a developing science. Fortunately, there seems to be a pickup in interest and research in food as the obesity epidemic increases in severity. Some myths are being disproven, and new discoveries are being made.

However, no matter the source, you will always find this common message: processed food is a contributing factor to bad health.

Whether you choose to follow a paleo diet, vegan, vegetarian, low carb, bulletproof, or whatever, just remember that if you stay away from processed food, you will always be better off, no matter your genetics, age, body type, or situation.

Until next time~